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Full text of "The origin and genealogy of the Yeargan family : as far as heard from up to this date, 1890"

Library 

OF THE 

University of NortK Carolina 

This book was presented by the family 
of the late 

KEMP PLUMMER BATTLE, '49 

President of the University of North Carolina 
from 1876 to 1890 



FOR USE ONLY IN 
THE NORTH CAROLINA COLLECTION 




Form No. A-368 



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THE 



ORIGIN AND GENEALOGY 



OF 



THE YEARGAN FAMILY 



As Far as Heard from up to This 
Date, 1890. 



COMPILED BY 

Ay 

Leonidas Hilary Yeargan, and Hilary H. L. Yeargan, M.D., 

Of New York, Of Murfreesboro, Tenn. 



PRINTED FOR THE COMPILERS. 
PUBLISHING HOUSE OF THE M. E. CHURCH, SOUTH. 
Bakbee & Smith, Agents, Nashville, Tenn. 
1891. 



Digitized by the Internet Archive 

in 2014 



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PREFACE. 



By the personal efforts of Leonidas Hilary Year- 
gan and Hilary H. L. Yeargan, two second-cous- 
ins, who are the great-grandsons of the original 
Rev. Andrew Yeargan, these memoirs have been 
obtained. 

In getting up the facts in regard to our family in 
America, I had doubts as to whether the Rev. An- 
drew Yeargan was the only representative of our 
family. These doubts are not yet entirely removed, 
but from all the testimony of the family now living, 
and what I learned traditionally from my father, 
Bartlett Yeargan, who was a grandson of Rev. 
Andrew Yeargan, and in addition, having a record 
of my grandfather, Benjamin Yeargan' s Bible, 
placing himself as the second and his children as 
the third from the original Rev. Andrew Yeargan, 
etc. As further proof, George W. Yeargan, of 
Dyersburg, Tenn., has in his possession the Bible 
of Benjamin Yeargan, who was a direct son of the 
original Andrew, and as further proof of these 
facts, I have received a well-written letter from J. 
W. Yeargan, of South Carolina, a great-grandson 



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of the Rev. Andrew, who states that his father. 
Gideon Yeargan, now living, is a grandson of the 
original i\ndrew Yeargan, and that Gideon's 
father, Bartlett, was a direct son of the old 
pioneer Andrew. The tradition as received of my 
father, Bartlett Yeargan, a grandson, and what I 
learn from Gideon Yeargan, a present living grand- 
son of the Rev. Andrew, and the information re- 
ceived of George W. Yeargan and from my grand- 
father's old family Bible, and the many letters that 
I have received from a large number of the Year- 
gan family, scattered from Wilmington, N. C, to 
Oregon, all go to prove the identity of descent from 
the Rev. Andrew. Hilary H. L. Yeargan. 



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The Rev. Andrew Yeargan came from Wales 
about the year 1735, and settled in Virginia, then a 
young man of fine appearance, of the purest Cau- 
casian type, and more than ordinary educational 
attainments for that age, and as was the custom of 
that period of business and moral habits, sought 
the hand of Miss Ony Bowles and was married 
and went into business earnestly and successfully, 
carrying out the scriptural injunction (" diligent in 
business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord " ) req- 
uisite for a busy and holy life. He proved suc- 
cessful in all the business avocations of life, crown- 
ing the glory of his manhood with a large family of 
ten sons and one daughter. The Rev. Andrew's 
field of labor as a minister was in the Roanoke and 
James River Valley of Virginia, where he and his 
sons filled many useful positions of trust and honor 
during the stormy period of the Revolution of 1776. 
We next find him with his horse and Bible as a 
minister nursing young Methodism. 

Rev. Andrew Yeargan 

raised ten sons and one daughter — namely: 
Andrew, Jarratt F., Bartlett, 

John, Edward, Williams, 

Samuel, James, Sarah. 

Benjamin, Devereaux, 



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According to the published Minutes of the Meth- 
odist Conference, held at Fluvanna, May 18, 1779, 
we find Andrew Yeargan one of the Examining 
Committee to ascertain the fitness of candidates 
for the ministry, and in that year he and William 
More traveled the Tar River Circuit, and in 1780 
(April 24, Conference held at Baltimore) we find 
Rev. Andrew Yeargan pastor of the Yadkin Cir- 
cuit. The number of ministers in the Methodist 
Conference at that date was forty-two; laymen, 
eight thousand live hundred and four. Whether 
he continued to preach or located, we have no 
means of knowing at this date. In this connec- 
tion, about 1770, we notice the influence of the 
Rev. Andrew Yeargan, having been exerted as 
probably a local preacher for some eight years in 
Virginia, and so impressed the builders, especially 
Mr. Wright, a minister who was appointed by John 
Wesley, who was working under the auspices of 
Francis Asbury, that the first Methodist chapel 
ever built in Virginia was named Yeargan' s Chap- 
el. See A. B. Hyde's "Story of Methodism," 
page 33, published 1887. A. B. Hyde spells this 
first chapel in Virginia 4 ' Yeargan' s." We think 
he is incorrect, and should be " Yearg^n's. 

We here lose sight of Andrew Yeargan and his 
wife, Ony Bowles, the fact being he had descend- 
ed into the pine forest of North Carolina and was 
riding respectively the circuits of Tar River and 
Yadkin, the first of his kind. 

We here pause to take a view of this wonderful 



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movement of the human mind — one of the most 
wonderful of all God's movements of the human 
mind in religious direction, resulting in the com- 
plete equipment and organization of the Methodist 
Episcopal denomination of Christians. During 
these thirty or forty years, the formative period of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church, these early 
preachers traversed every neighborhood of every 
colony, discussing and claiming their right to ad- 
minister the ordinances of the religion they 
preached, culminating in their meeting at Fluvan- 
na, Va., where by a vote of 18 out of 27 (9 not 
voting) they called for a committee, who were to 
ordain each other, and so their successors, thus 
providing for religious independence, and preced- 
ing the signers of the Declaration of Independence, 
who severed the civil and political relations of the 
colonies and Great Britain. By this act they like- 
wise deserve to be held in imperishable remem- 
brance. Prominent among these eighteen was Rev. 
Andrew Yeargan, twenty years in advance of the 
Wesleys, who followed them with their sanction 
after the establishment of an independent nation. 
Thus was born into Time twins, and on this West- 
ern Continent: the Methodist Episcopal Church 
and the United States of America. 

Early in the present century we find Rev. An- 
drew and Ony Bowles in Greenville, S. C, living 
with Devreux, their son, in which county they were 
buried after living long lives of usefulness. Our 
present purpose is to show up the identity and con- 



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nection of the descendants of the Rev. Andrew's 
ten sons, and to group them into families as thev 
began to spread abroad in the land. Two of these 
sons. Benjamin and Jarratt Fletcher, settled in 
Chapel Hill. X. C. The elder son. Benjamin, and 
Jarratt F. Yeargan were leaders among those who 
originated the University of Chapel Hill. X. C. 
Benjamin Yeargan donating the land in part, per- 
haps all of it. and was among its rirst trustees His 
house was the home of such students as James K. 
Polk, Thomas Benton. Judge Battle, the father of 
the present President of the university, and many 
others of national fame. Benjamin Yeargan was 
assistant surgeon in the last Years of the Revolu- 
tion, and then married the widow of Tafply Pat- 
terson, whose maiden name was Sarah Morgan. 
She raised three Patterson children — viz.. Mann. 
Page, and Amelia. With her second husband. Ben- 
jamin Yeargan. she raised four children — viz.; 

1. Charlotte Hinton. born September 25. 17S3. 

2. Mark Morgan ( one of the rirst among the 
graduates of the University of X. C. ). born Sep- 
tember 2. 1785. 

3. Harriet, born November 19. 1787. 

4. Bartlett. born February iS. 1790. 

Kentucky Group. 

Charlotte Hinton, daughter of Benjamin Year- 
gan, and granddaughter of Rev. Andrew Year- 
U*an. was born in Orange County. N. C Septem- 
ber 25, 1783. She was married to Hugh Nunn in 
iSoljr and raised six children as follows: 



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Sarah C, 
David Nunn, 
Elizabeth, 



Hugh N., 



Susan L. 



Mary Fletcher. 



Sarah C. was born in North Carolina in 1805 ; 
married Enoch Randolph on Sept. 1, 1825; and 
died Feb. 3, 1881. Her children are as follows: 

Hugh Nunn Randolph, the eldest, died in in- 
fancy. 

Hugh Powhatan, second son of Sarah C, was 
born September 23, 1827; and married Elizabeth 
Barbee June 28, 1855. They have two daughters, 
Mrs. Duvall and Mrs. Waller, now living in 
Northwestern Missouri. 

John D. Randolph, son of Sarah C, was born 
March 28, 1829. He was married to Matilda 
Powell, June 5, 1855 ; and died in Pemiscot Coun- 
ty, Missouri, September 19, 1868. He left a widow 
and three children, all grown and married. 

Enoch F. Randolph, son of Sarah C, was born 
December 16, 1830. He was drowned April 3, 
1858. He left no family. 

Charlotte L., daughter of Sarah C, was born 
February 13, 1832. She was married December 
30, 1847, to Sanford Thurman, of Ohio; and died 
July 12, 1851. She left a son, Henry Clay. 

Cornelious M., son of Sarah C, was born 
March 8, 1834. He married Rebecca Whitman 
July 16, 1858; and died May 28, 1868. He left a 
widow and four children; the eldest, Mrs. Ad- 
die Bass. 

Virginia A., daughter of Sarah C, was born 



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x\pril 3, 1836. She was married Dec. 22, 1858, 
1858, to Samuel J. Howard; and died Dec. 11, 
1866. She left two sons: James W. and Samuel J. 

Ilia Nunn, son of Sarah C, was born Aug. 25, 
1838. He married Matha Cummins Feb. 2, 1864. 
They have two children, son and daughter. 
The daughter is married and has two children. 

Columbus Randolph, son of Sarah C, was 
born December 12, 1840. He married Lizzie 
Moore November 27, 1866; and died February 
27, 1889. He left a widow with two children, son 
and daughter, both infants. 

Susan Mary, daughter of Sarah C, was born 
February 9, 1843: and married John B. Millet, a 
native of France, November 18, 1863. They 
have two children: Sarah and Enoch. 

Samuel W., son of Sarah C, was born Febru- 
ary 18, 1845. He married Mattie Moore in 1870, 
and again to Mattie Posey, in 1878, by whom he 
has five children, three girls and two boys. 

Paul, son of Sarah C, was born October 16, 
1848. He was married to Mary Gregory Febru- 
ary 22, 1870; and died April 17, 1885. He left a 
widow with three children. 

David Nunn, the second child of Charlotte 
Hinton, married Miss Jane Shelby, daughter of 
Aaron Shelby, by whom was born eight children: 

Shelby, Sarah, Mary, 

David, Emma, Maria. 

Henry, Annah, 
All are dead but three: Shelby, Sarah, and Mary. 



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Elizabeth, the third child of Charlotte Hinton, 
was married to Whitfield Agnew. They have six 
children, all living but one. Their names are: 

Walter Agnew, Isabella Book, <- 

Susan Beckham, Virginia McClahan, 

Emily Galloway, Polina, who died single. 

Susan L., the fourth child of Charlotte Hinton, 
was married to William T. Harbert. Both are 
dead. They left three children: Charlotte C, 
Thomas, and Dillias D. All are living but the 
daughter, who left quite a large family. 

Hugh N., the fifth child of Charlotte Hinton, 
was married three times. His first wife was Miss 
Leuna Hancock, by whom he had six children, all 
dead. His second wife was a widow Spencer, by 
whom he had two children ; Charlotte and Mark 
Yeargan, both of whom are married. His third 
wife was a Miss Moseley, an old maid, by whom 
he had two children: Susan and Silas. Both mar- 
ried and have families. 

Mary Fletcher, the sixth child of Charlotte 
Hinton, was born in January, 1822; and was mar- 
ried about 1842 to Mr. John Hicks. They raised 
three children: Hilary, Powhatan, and Jeffie. All 
are dead except Jeffie. Hilary, the firstborn, was a 
soldier, and died in a Northern prison. Her hus- 
band, John Hicks, died about 1881. Jeffie mar- 
ried a Miss Pierce. 

Mark Morgan Yeargan married Miss Catherine 
Loftin on March 2, 1806, and settled in Hender- 
son, Ky., and raised a family of nine children. 



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Mark Morgan and Catherine Loftin Yeargan' s 
children were : 

Elizabeth, born May 12, 1808. 

Amelia Patterson, born July 16, 1810. 

William Bartlett, born June 26, 181 2. 

Joseph Fletcher, born January 2. 1814. 

Sarah Catherine, born August 10, 1816. 

Francis Jane, born June 23. 1818. 

Charlotte Hinton, born October 26. 1821. 

Benjamin Wesley, born May 28, 1825. 

Martha Alston, born September 4. 1827. 

William Bartlett Yeargan. son of Mark Morgan 
Yeargan, married Miss Nancy Thelbert Crenshaw « 
in Henderson, Ky., July 19. 1832. The names of 
his children were : 

William Henry, born July 13, 1833. 

Joseph Ethelbert. born July 13, 1835. 

Mark Morgan, born August 16, 1838. 

George Washington, born October 23, 1840. 

Mary J. Elizabeth, born June 26, 1842. 

Permelia Ann, born June 11. 1845. 

Thomas Jefferson, born August 16, 1848, was 
married to Katie E. Coolidge March 10, 1885. 
His children were: Litta Miller, born October 24, 
1886: Bertie Thomas, born January 8, 1889. 

John Suader, born May 26, 185 1. 

Sarah Shaplw born December 15, 1854, was 
married to James B. Finley July 3, 1873. Her 
children were: Clara Alice, born July 9, 1874; 
E\a Morgan, born June 17. 1877; Elmo Yeargan, 
born February 4, 1888. 



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Nancy T. Crenshaw, wife of William Bartlett, 
was born March 5, j8ii. 

Dr. George W. Yeargan, son of William Bart- 
lett Yeargan, was born October 23, 1840: was 
married to Mary A. C. Leroy, at Dyersburg, Tenn., 
December 30, 1862. His children were: 

Joseph Echols Yeargan, born November 1, 1865. 

Mary Ann Yeargan, born June 1, 1868. 

William Edgar Yeargan, born September 24, 
1870. 

George Vesta Yeargan, born April 27, 1873. 

Fannie Bartlett Yeargan, born February 2, 1876. 

Guy Warren Yeargan, born July 8, 1880. 

Thomas Henry Yeargan, born June 24, 1883. 

Cyrus Crenshaw Yeargan, born July 24, 1886. 

Mary A. C. Leroy, wife of George W. Year- 
gan, and mother of the above-named children, was 
born August 17, 1845. 



Tennessee Group. 

I now proceed to notice Bartlett Yeargan, brother 
of Mark Morgan, and son of Benjamin, and grand- 
son of Rev. Andrew Yeargan, the original head of 
our family in America. 

Bartlett Yeargan was born February 18, 1790, 
at Chapel Hill, N. C; and in 1812 settled in Wil- 
liamson County, Tenn. Accompanying him w r ere 
his negroes; among them his confidential servant, 
Peter. He could read and write ; had learned 
this at Chapel Hill, N. C, as early as 181 2, show- 



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ing it was common to teach slaves to read and 
write, nor did it interfere with his faithfuluess or 
efficiency. On this Tennessee plantation the own- 
er kept a record in his family Bible of the births 
and deaths of all his slaves, and every negro fam- 
ilv had their Bible: some member could read it. 
These rules and customs were in force fifty years 
before the fanatical war waged for negro emanci- 
patio n, and are not only important as personal 
reminiscences, but as historical facts. In the heat 
and crisis of that war. another slave belonging 
to this family furnished another beautiful illustra- 
tion of the existing relation of master and negro: 
Jim Yeargan. now a respected citizen of Murfrees- 
boro. Tenn.. remained at home during all the oc- 
cupancy of the country and citv of Murfreesboro 
by the Northern Arm v. and when E. B. Yeargan, 
belonging to Forrest's command, came home at 
anv time. Jim Yeargan would go to Murfreesboro. 
inside the enemy's lines, and get anv article wanted, 
and at one time carried as much as eight hundred 
dollars out of the city to his master, and had a 
hundred opportunities of giving information to the 
enemy, but never once did so. 

In 1S13 Bartlett Yeargan married a Miss Mary 
A. Lawrence, an only daughter of Edmund Law- 
rence and Sarah Lanier, an English family, and 
raised twelve children, as follows: 

Sarah Morgan. Nathan A. F.. 

Marv Sumner. Amelia Charlotte. 

Hilary H. L.. Susan Onv Wesley. 



HILARY H. L. YEARGAN, M.D. 



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Rebecca Hester, Clementine M., 

Martha Ann, Edmund Bartlett, 

Joanna Rachel, Benjamin Andrew. 

Sarah Morgan was born in July, 1814. She was 
married to Lewis M. Grigg, and raised two chil- 
dren: Joseph M. Grigg, who married a Miss Mag- 
gie Acuff ; and Sue F. F. Grigg, who married Rev. 
O. B. Caldwell. 

Mary Sumner was born November 13, 1817, 
and in 1832 married Thomas Sims and raised the 
following children: 

Sarah Jane, Fannie S., 

Lewis S., Charlotte A., 

Mansfield R., Jennie B., 

E. Bartlett, Fruzanna R., 

Nicholas H., Thomas H., 

Mary E., Alexander T. 

Hilary H. L. Yeargan, born May 29, 1820, was 
a graduate of Transylvania University, Lexington, 
Ky., class term 1846; married Miss E. F. Jarrett, 
of Rutherford County, Tenn., January 12, 1848. 
They raised six children — viz.: 

Sarah E., Robert Andrew, 

Samuel Bartlett, Marietta A., 

Mark Sullivan, Benjamin Thomson H. 

Sarah E. was born November 10, 1848. She 
was married first to E. W. Brooks; again to Foun- 
tain P. Love. They have raised no children. 

Prof. Samuel Bartlett Yeargan, son of H. H. L. 
Yeargan, and grandson of Bartlett Yeargan, and 
great-grandson of Benjamin Yeargan, and great- 



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great-grandson of Rev. Andrew Yeargan, was born 
August 7, 1850; and was married to Miss Tinie 
Reagan in December, 1885 . They have three chil- 
dren — namely: Marie, Beatrice, and Lawrence 
Reagan. 

Mark Sullivan, son of H. H. L. and E. F. Year- 
gan, was born June 18, 1852. 

Robert Andrew was born July 9< 1854; an d in 
September, 1890, married Miss Hattie T. Arnold, 
and has one child: Clinton Edwin. 

Marietta A., daughter of H. H. L. and E. F. 
Yeargan, was born November 19, 1856; and mar- 
ried Dr. D. C. Huff in December, 1880. They 
have three children, as follows: Anna Leland, 
Marietta, and Charley McLester. 

Benjamin Thompson H., son of H. H. L. and 
E. F. Yeagan, was born August 29, 1862. 

Nathan A. F. Yeargan, son of Bartlett and Mary 
A. Yeargan, and great-grandson of Rev. Andrew 
Yeargan, was born December 24, 1821 ; and mar- 
ried Miss Charlotte Davis in November, 1844. 
The children are as follows : 

Henry Bartlett was born in November, 1845, and 
died in fourteen months. 

John Hinton, the eldest son of Nathan A. and 
Charlotte S. Yeargan, was born July 29, 1847, in 
Rutherford County, Tenn. ; went to Texas in 1854; 
was married November 23, 1881, to Mattie V. 
Bumpass. She was born in 1863, also a native of 
Tennessee. They moved to Texas in 1871. They 
have three children: 



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Charles Francis, born August 29, 1882. 

Elva Elizabeth, born October 15, 1884. 

John Hinton, Jr., born July 9, 1891. 

Jennie Elizabeth, oldest daughter of N. A. and 
C. S. Yeargan, was born May 24, 1849, anc ^ was 
married to William Rogers February 8, 1870. She 
had five children, four sons and one daughter — viz. : 

Charley Brantz, Willie Frank, 

Nathan Bartlett, Charlotte Virginia. 

Edward, 

Powel Benjamin, the third child, was born Sep- 
tember 14, 1850, and was married to May Webb 
December 24, 1890. 

Thomas Randol was born July 27, 1852; and 
was married to Mattie Gill December 19, 1883. 
They have three children: Jessie Owen, Thomas 
Lloyd, and Charley Gill. 

William Nathan was born January 12, 1854; an< ^ 
died February 13, 1880. 

Sarah Ann was born April 18, 1856, and was 
married to Rev. W. R. Manning (a Methodist 
minister) December 23, 1879. They have four 
children: Pearl, Blanche, Ben, and Bessie. 

Mary Emma was born January 7, 1858, and was 
married to Thomas Eads September 23, 1883. 
They have two children : Lucy Irwin and William. 

Edmund Davis was born December 4, 1859, anc ^ 
was married to Susan Richard December 15, 1886. 
They have three children : Sam, Edwin, and Grace. 

Charlotte Fruzanna was born September 24, 
1862. 

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Alice Irene was born February 21. 1865 ; and 
died July 26, 1865. 

Henry Fletcher was born November 17, 1867. 

Edmund Bartlett Yeargan, third son of Bartlett 
and Mary A. Yeargan, was born October 22, 1832 ; 
and married Martha America Jarratt, daughter of 
Thompson and Elmira Jarratt, December 23, 1857, 
and raised the following children : 

Thompson Bartlett, Lawrence Dodd, 

Leila Anna, Hilarv Felix Hill. 

Lizzie, Rebeccah Charlotte. 

Fruzanna J., 

Thompson Bartlett was born October 5, 1858: 
and married Sallie P. Featherston December 24, 
1885. Thev have two children: Nadine Scales 
and Oliver. 

Leila Anna was born February 27, 1861 : and 
married J. Robert Page November 12, 1885. She 
died July 6, 1888, leaving an infant eight months 
old, which died one week later. 

Lizzie was born August 19, 1862 ; and graduated 
at Soule Female College. She was married to 
James E. Tarpley December 2, 1886. They have 
one child: Yeargan T. Tarpley. 

Fruzanna J. was born November 15, 1866; and 
married Alford R. Snell September 9, 1888. They 
have one child: Fred Woods. 

Lawrence Dodd was born April 13, 1869. 

Hilarv Felix Hill was born December 2, 1872. 

Rebeccah Charlotte was born June 4, 1874. 



THE YEARGAN FAMILY. 19 

Amelia Charlotte, daughter of Bartlett and Mary 
A. Yeargan, was born in 1824 and died in 1828. 

Susan Ony Wesley, daughter of Bartlett and 
Mary A. Yeargan, was born in October, 1827 ; and 
married to Maj. James M. Johnson in November, 
1844. They raised three children, viz.: Rev. B. 
H. Johnson, Josiah Bartlett, Mattie A. 

Rev. B. H. Johnson, of the Tennessee Metho- 
dist Conference, first married Miss Mattie Shef- 
field in 1869, having four children: Clarissa, Eph- 
raim, Maud, and Bennie. His second wife was 
Miss Julia Neblett, who has one child. 

Josiah Bartlett, son of James M. Johnson, was 
born in July, 185 1, and married Miss Hattie Dob- 
bins in 1882. They have four children: Aleck, 
Leila, Fannie, and Lennie C. 

Mattie A., daughter of James M. Johnson, was 
born in March, 1854; an( ^ married Littleton Fuller 
in 1874. They have one child: Lavalla. 

Rebecca Hester, daughter of Bartlett and Mary 
A. Yeargan, was born July 15, 1830; and married 
A. H Bass in November, 1850. They raised three 
children: Sarah Jane, Jim Bartlett, and Bennie 
A. Sarah Jane married B. F. Swain, who have 
two children: Sallie B. and Martha R. Bennie 
A. Bass married Addie Randolph. 

Martha Ann, daughter of Bartlett and Mary A. 
Yeargan, was born September 23, 1835; married 
Josephus A. Johnson in January, 1853, and raised 
one son: William Thomas. 

Joanna Rachel, daughter of Bartlett and Mary 



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THE YEARGAN FAMILY. 



A. Yeargan, was born August 28, 1837. She was 
married to H. H. Horton in October, 1857, and 
raised five children: Williella, who married Rev. 
S. W. Bransford, of the Tennessee Conference, and 
has three children — Kate, Ella Horton, and John; 
Anna Horton, born in March, 1862 ; Hollis Horton, 
born in August, 1866; Lawrence Horton, born in 
June, 1868; Hattie Horton, born in July, 1874. 

Clementine M., daughter of Bartlett and Mary 
A. Yeargan, was born in September, 1839; and 
married James M. Johnson in November, 1857. 
They have five children: Mary Sue, born in No- 
vember, 1859, an d married William McMeekin in 
November, 1884: Delia F., born in November, 
1861, and married Prof. William Bryant June 3, 
1885; James Jr., born in March, 1866, and mar- 
ried Miss Estelle Mangrum in September, 1889. 
The last-named couple have one child: Bernard 
Wilson. 

Benjamin Andrew, the fourth son of Bartlett 
Yeargan, of the fourth generation from Andrew, 
was born August 7, 1841 ; was a sprightly young 
man, well educated, was a color bearer in the 
Twentieth Tennessee Infantry, Confederate serv- 
ice, and was killed in a battle on the 23d of June, 
1863. At Beech Grove and around Fairfield in a 
hotlv contested battle the colors were twice shot 
down. Benjamin Yeargan seized them and bore 
them aloft, when a shell exploded and took off 
both his legs above the knees, the same shell kill- 
ing Maj. Claybrook, and De Covington. 




CHESLEY M. YEARGAN, ESQ. 



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Jarratt Fletcher Yeargan 
was one of the two sons of the original Rev. An- 
drew Yeargan who settled at Chapel Hill, N. C. 
He married a step-daughter of his brother Benja- 
min, a Miss Amelia Patterson, daughter of Tappley 
Patterson, a distinguished soldier who died of small- 
pox at Norfolk during the Revolution of 1776, leav- 
ing a widow and three children — viz., Mann, Page, 
and Amelia. The maiden name of Ta^pley Patter- 
son's widow was Sarah Morgan. 

Jarratt Fletcher Yeargan married his brother 
Benjamin's step-daughter, Amelia Patterson. They 
raised eight children, six sons and two daughters — 
viz. : 

Benjamin, Henry Hilary, 

Patterson, Chesley, 
Devereux Jarratt, Charlotte, 
Bartlett Wesley, Sarah. 
Benjamin married and settled in WestTennessee, 
thence moved into Mississippi, and died early, leav- 
ing a large family, one of whom is named John 
Wesley, now living in Arkansas. 

The second son, Patterson Yeargan, was an em- 
inent physician, who graduated at Baltimore ; mar- 
ried aMissMarthaThompson, of Baltimore ; located 
at Princeton, in Misissippi; afterward removed to 
Henderson, Ky., where he lived but a few years, 
leaving a widow without heirs. 

The third son, Devereux Jarratt Yeargan, was 
born April 18, 1803; settled in Henderson, Ky. ; 
married a Miss Elizabeth Talbot, daughter of Dr. 



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Edmund Talbot. Her mother's maiden name was 
Elizabeth Gordon, said to be the first white child 
born in Kentucky. His first wife, Miss Elizabeth 
Talbot, was born April 10, 1803; anfi died in her 
twenty-sixth year, leaving two children, Andrew 
Patterson and John Wesley. Devereux Jarratt 
Yeargan's second wife was Mrs. Laura Gordon 
Thompson, a sister of his first wife, a widow with 
one son — viz., E. A. Thompson. She raised three 
Yeargan children, one son and two daughters — viz., 
Samuel Devereux Jarratt, Elizabeth Talbot, and 
Lucy Franklin. The first settled in Henderson, 
Ky. ; thence to Morgan County, 111., in the year 
1834, an d in 1846 moved to Washington County, 
Mo., and died on February 12, 1861 — his widow 
some ten years later. 

Andrew Patterson, son of Devereux Jarratt Year- 
gan, and great-grandson of Rev. Andrew, the origi- 
nal, was born July 5, 1826, and married Ann Lu- 
cinda Westover, and raised one son, John Wesley, 
and two daughters, Lavinia and Elizabeth. 

John Wesley Yeargan, son of Devereux Year- 
gan, of Missouri, and grandson of Jarratt Fletcher 
Yeargan, and great-grandson of Rev. Andrew 
Yeargan, went to California, and thence to Ore- 
gon, and finally returned to Missouri and married 
a young widow with two children. They raised 
three more, two sons and one daughter, Devereux, 
Amy, and John Patterson. 

Samuel Devereux Jarratt Yeargan, brother of 
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of Rev. Andrew Yeargan, migrated to California 
thirty-four years ago, and was book-keeper at the 
Mint at San Francisco ten years at a salary of 
$2,500 per year. He is now in Washington Ter- 
ritory. He married a Miss Emily McBride, and 
they have one son, named Orville. 

The fourth son of Jarratt Fletcher Yeargan, and 
grandson of Rev. Andrew Yeargan, was Bartlett 
Wesley Yeargan. He also settled in Missouri. 
His first wife was a Miss Buford. She raised one 
son: James Buford. She died, and Bartlett Wes- 
ley Yeargan moved to Washington County, Mo., 
and married Miss Loretta Westover, who survives 
him. They raised nine children, three sons and 
six daughters: 

Chesley, Amelia, Mary, 

Calvin, Jane, Lucinda, 

George Wesley, Sarah, Caroline. 
The fifth son of Jarratt Fletcher Yeargan, and 
grandson of Rev. Andrew Yeargan, was Henry 
Hilary Yeargan, born and raised at Chapel Hill, N. 
C, and about 1835 married Miss Catharine McGee, 
a Scotch lady, and raised three children, Leonidas 
Hilary, Elizabeth A., and John W., losing two, 
Maria, first born, and Chesley, the last born. 
Now this fifth son of Jarratt Fletcher Yeargan — 
viz., Henry Hilary — was known far and wide as the 
"Prince of Merchant Tailors " in his day in North 
Carolina, in getting up fashionable outfits. The 
rice and cotton planters of the coast had their 
summer residences in this fine, upper country, and 



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were accustomed to give him carte-blanche to buy 
what he thought they needed ; and when he visited 
the Northern markets he bought their grass linens, 
pongee silks, and fine French cloths with their del- 
icate shades, always imported, and which was left 
to his taste entirely, as better than thev could se- 
lect for themselves. He was as widely known for 
his large hospitality and liberality, and devotion to 
old-fashioned Methodism. His house was always 
open to ministers; in fact, a large room was de- 
voted to them for their private use and religious 
services. The admixtures of the English blood of 
Rev. Andrew Yeargan, and the Scotch-Irish of 
Patterson, McGee, and Morgan families were 
shown up most conspicuouslv in blending feature, 
tvpe, and symmetry into perfect comeliness in this 
branch of the family. Henry Hilary Yeargan died 
on his way home from a visit to see his brothers in 
Missouri in 1863. 

Miss Elizabeth A. Yeargan married a Mr. Hug- 
gins, and raised two daughters, Katie and Eugenia. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Y. Huggins afterward married a Mr. 
Taylor. Leonidas Hilary, born about 1839, was 
raised in North Carolina, and at an earl}' age was 
at Hampden-Sidnev College, Virginia, joined the 
Confederate seryice, and after the war came home 
to find himself without home or country and in a 
condition to begin even with the world ; went to 
New York City and engaged in business with A. T. 
Stewart, and made a success; married a Miss 
Fannie Allen at Hawfields, Alamance County, 



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N. C, who only lived a short time, leaving five 
children — viz.: Lonnie, Hilary, Allen, Praise, 
Courtney — all dead except Allen and Praise. 
Catherine Praise Yeargan is at school in Salem, 
N. C; and L. H. Yeargan (their father) is in 
business in New York City. 

The third son of Henry Hilary was John W. He 
lived to be grown and married, and died, leaving 
no heirs. 

Chesley Yeargan, son of Jarratt F. Yeargan, 
and grandson of Rev. Andrew Yeargan, was born 
about 1814; settled with his brother Bartlett, in 
Missouri; thence in 1833 he came to Bartlett Year- 
gan's, in Williamson County, Tenn. He then fi- 
nally settled in Henderson, Ky., and engaged in 
business with Barrett & Bros., making a success 
in finances, and married Maria Thompson about 
1848, and died about 1852, leaving no heirs. His 
widow was living in 1887. 

Charlotte, the seventh child, married Samuel 
Couch. 

Sarah Yeargan, the eighth child of Jarratt F. 
Yeargan, was adopted by her aunt, Mrs. Sallie 
Alston, who was the only daughter and heir of Mr. 
Samuel Yeargan, who had married Mr. Thomas 
Alston, who managed to dispossess Sarah Year- 
gan of her aunt's large property, as her aunt was 
childless. She, Sarah Yeargan, married Col. W. 
K. Martin, and raised three daughters and two 
sons: Veritas, Sarah, Macon, Robert, and Thom- 
as. Veritas married a Mr. Sanders, and is now a 



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THE YEARGAN FAMILY. 



widow with one son, Simon S., living in Wilming- 
ton, N. C. 

Virginia Group. 

Williams Yeargan, son of Rev. Andrew Year- 
gan, who lived and died in Brunswick County, 
Virginia, married a Miss Bennett. His first son, 
John, was born in 1796, and married a Miss Judith 
Bennett, of North Carolina, and raised by his first 
and second wife, whose maiden name was Martha 
Foster, having first married a Mr. Oates, the fol- 
lowing named children: 

Rebecca, married Henry Carter, of Tennessee. 

Ann, married Lewis Dillingham. 

Elizabeth, died in her seventeenth year. 

Catherine, married William Stites. 

James A. Yeargan, of Nashville, married Miss 
Louisa Carter, Minor. 

Judith, married William Bennett. 

Narcissa, married James Bradley, of Kentucky. 

William A., married Lucy White, of Tennessee. 

Wesley Carroll, married Miss Oates, of Ken- 
tucky. 

Mary Jane, married Ephraim Dillingham, of 
Kentucky. 

Louisa, married Scott Briggs, of Kentucky. 

Susan, married Charles Coleman, of Kentucky. 

James Yeargan, the second son of Williams 
Yeargan, and grandson of Andrew Yeargan, mar- 
ried first a Miss Griffith, and raised by her Robert 
Yeargan, born April 19, 1824. Robert Yeargan 
married a Miss Vick, and raised one daughter, 




MISS C. PRAISE YEARGAN, DAUGHTER OF L. H. YEARGAN. 



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Helen, who married a Mr. Fantleroy. The four 
named below are the Griffith children : 

Andrew J. Yeargan, married Tabitha Roberson. 

Sampson Yeargan, married a Miss Vick. 

Tabitha, married Isaac Cooper. 

His second wife, whose name was Preston, raised 
four children — viz.: 

H. J. Yeargan, married Miss R. Hayse. 

Anderson, died of small-pox during the war in 

1863. 

John F. Yeargan, married a Miss Turner. 

C. T. Yeargan, married a Miss Rutland. 

Philip, third son of Williams Yeargan, who set- 
tled in Ohio, raised two sons, John and Riley, and 
two daughters, Rebecca and Samantha. Philip's 
second wife raised three daughters and one son. 

Bennett Yeargan, fourth son of Williams Year- 
gan, and grandson of the Rev. Andrew Yeargan, 
married a Miss Frankie Scott, and raised one 
daughter, Susan, who married John Durham. Her 
second husband was William Warmick. 

South Carolina Group. 

"Go to Yongan and fetch me a stoup of ale." (See Hamlet, 
Act V., Shakespeare.) 

I now proceed to notice the South Carolina group 
of Yeargans. Some of the same families spell their 
names differently — namely, the original Andrew 
Yeargan spelled his name " Y-e-a-r-g-a-n," his son 
Benjamin spelled his " Y-e-a-r-g-a-i-n," and his 
son Bartlett spelled his " Y-e-a-r-g-i-n.' ' The two 



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North Carolina brothers. Benjamin and Jarratt F., 
and their descendants spell their name like the 
original Andrew Yeargan. as published in the 
Minutes of the first Methodist Conference held in 
Philadelphia in June. 1773. The writers of these 
memoirs have in their possession the Minutes of 
the early Conferences held from the beo-innino- of 
the Weslevan Societies up to 1813.* 

On January 1. 1890. I received a letter from J. 
T. Yeargan. of Eastland. Eastland County. Tex., 
who states that his father was Rufus Yeargan, his 
grandfather was Devereux. and that Devereux 
Yeargan was known to be the son of Rev. Andrew 
Yeargan. according to the information of Gideon 
Yeargan, the oldest and only living grandson of the 
Rev. Andrew Yeargan. 

J. T. Yeargan reports that his grandfather, Dev- 
ereux Yeargan. had live sons: 

And rew. Rufus, 

Benjamin, A Villi am. 

Steven. 

The first four are dead. William migrated to 
Illinois. Rufus his father ( T. J. Yeargan' s 
father); married an Austin. Gen. James McDaniel, 
his grandfather on his mother's side, was a distin- 
guished general in the Revolutionary war. All of 
these families were originally from Virginia. 

Rufus Yeargan. son of Devereux Yeargan, raised 
the following 1 children: 



* Minutes of some conversations between the preachers in 
connection with Mr. John Wesley. 



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Mary P. Robertson, Jane, 

James, Josie, 

Devereux, Benjamin, 

William, J. T. 



Gideon Yeargan, who now lives in Laurens 
County, S. C, was born in 181 2, which makes him 
seventy-nine years of age (in 1891). He is the 
oldest representative of the family. His father, 
Bartlett Yeargan, was the son of the Rev. Andrew. 

Gideon's father settled in Greenville, S. C, and 
raised a family of eight children, five boys and three 
girls. The sons' names were: 

Benjamin, Bartlett, 

William, Gideon. 

Jarratt, 

Gideon Yeargan, son of Bartlett Yeargan, and 
grandson of Rev. Andrew Yeargan, was born 
November 24, 1812, in Greenville County, S. C. 
His life and character stand out prominently as 
setting forth every Christian grace. He was 
married December 27, 1842, to Ann Coker, of 
Laurens County, S. C. In 1856 they moved from 
Greenville to Laurens County, where they now 
live in happiness and comfort, surrounded by his 
children, all happy and prosperous. Perhaps no 
man in Laurens County has so fine a reputation 
as that grand old man. Truly it may be said that 
elements are so mixed in him that the whole world 
might stand and say: " This is a man kind, gen- 
erous, foremost in every good cause. He is 
loved, honored, and admired by saint and sinner. 



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THE YEARGAN FAMILY. 



Too much cannot be said of this magnificent 
Christian gentleman. Gideon Yeargan and wife, 
Ann Coker, had fourteen children, whose fami- 
lies are given as follows: 

Robert H., oldest son of Gideon, was born No- 
vember 15, 1843. He was married to Fannie 
Wallace February 1, 1866. Their children are: 
Mary L., Gideon, 
Willis W., Marvin, 
LilaM., Myrtle F., 

Josie C, Mavina A., 

Beatrice, R. Eugene. 

Mary L., the eldest daughter of Robert H., 
graduated with highest honor from Columbia Fe- 
male College in 1885. She at once took a posi- 
tion as teacher in her Alma Mater, which she held 
for three years, and since then has taught in Lees- 
ville College for young men and young women. 
In 1891 she was appointed by Governor Tillman 
as one of a commission of three to find out the 
requirements of a State industrial school for girls, 
and had some prominence as an institute teacher, 
an elocutionist. 

Lila M., second daughter of Robert H., grad- 
uated from Columbia Female College, South Car- 
olina, in 1887. She is also a teacher. 

Josie C, third daughter of Robert H., is a 
graduate from Leesville College, South Carolina. 

Gideon Yeargan's second child, Sallie A., born 
June 10, 1845, was teacher for several years; and 
on January 25, 1877, sne was married to Robert 



THE YEARGAN FAMILY. 3 1 

Hellams. They have three children: Mary E., 
Gideon Y., and Annie Florence. 

Mahala M. Yeargan, third child of Gideon, 
was born June I, 1847. She was married to Wil- 
lis H. Hellams December 10, 1868. They have 
three children, two infants who died very small. 
Minnie F., who graduated in Columbia Female 
College in June, 1886, was married to Marcus L. 
Patterson, December 26, 1889. They have one 
child: Minnie Louise P. 

Ony P. Yeargan, daughter of Gideon, born Au- 
gust 21, 1848, was married to G. W. Brownlee 
September 8, 1870. They have six children: 
Thomas Gideon, Sallie E., 

Robert L., George W., 

Annie L., Hattie L. 

Mattie M. Yeargan, daughter of Gideon, born 
May 29, 1850, was married to W. Collier Currey 
December 19, 1872. They have six children: 
Festa Y., Wray Eldridge, 

Nellie C, Gideon H., 

J. Alvin, W. Clyde. 

Gideon H. Curry died March 7, 1881. 
M. Eliza Yeargan, daughter of Gideon Year- 
gan, was born June 15, 1852. She was married 
to Robert J. Taylor September 17, 1874. ^ n this 
family are six children : 

Samuel L., John Yeargan, 

William Gideon, Susan M., 

R. James, One died an infant. 



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M. Eliza Yeargan, the mother of these children, 
died in great peace and heavenly joy April 14, 
1883. Her life was a light to all who came under 
her influence. 

F. Isabella, daughter of Gideon, was born May 
9, 1854. She was married to W. Butler Garrett 
December 23, 1875. They have six children — viz. : 

Annie M., Earnest Miles, 

Nannie E., William B., 

Charles Gideon, Hattie. 

Hattie, the third daughter, died in 1883. 

Hattie E., daughter of Gideon Yeargan, was 
born October 14, 1855. She was married to W. 
H. Ariail, of the South Carolina Conference, De- 
cember 17, 1878. They have four children — viz.: 

Bessie, William Coke, 

Claudius Herbert, D. Marvin. 

Claudius Herbert died in 1883. 

Mrs. Hattie Ariail, after months of great suffer- 
ing, died August 1, 1886. Among the wives of the 
South Carolina ministers none were more highly 
respected than this noble Christian lady. She died 
as she had lived, triumphantly trusting in Jesus. 

Mays Y., daughter of Gideon Yeargan, was 
born April 27, 1857. She was married to Lewis 
Abercrombie December 27, 1879. They have 
five children — viz.: 

Leucretia, Gideon Herbert, 

Annie, Lewis Clarance. 

Claudius, 



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Claudius died in 1884. 

Emma, daughter of Gideon Yeargan, was born 
April 25, 1859. She was married to John A. Taylor 
December 24, 1879. They have three children: 
S. Annie, Ida E., and Benjamin Gideon. 

J. William, son of Gideon Yeargan, was born 
December 15, i860; and was married to Clara S. 
Shell March 1, 1883. They have three children 
— viz.: Addie M., Thomas Henry, William H. 

Ida, daughter of Gideon, was born April 9, 
1862. She was married to A. McDuff Curry 
December 24, 1884. They have no children. 

Samuel Y. was born April 28, 1864; and died 
July 7, 1865. 

Addie F. daughter of Gideon Yeargan, was 
born January 28, 1866; and died April 4, 1884. 
Her life was beautifully unselfish, and her dying 
testimony left no doubt as to her entrance into 
the glory land. Gideon Yeargan' s family are set- 
tled within a few miles of the old homestead, 
South Carolina. All are Christians, and are mem- 
bers of the Methodist Church, except one family 
who are Presbyterians. 

The character of Gideon Yeargz'n, as they now 
spell their names, seems to be indelibly stamped 
upon the whole family, and with one or two excep- 
tions his children and grandchildren are following 
his example. Since writing up the memoirs, quite 
recently, this renowned patriarch has been called 
from labor to rest. On October 30, 1891, after a 
protracted illness, he died in great peace, exhorting 
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THE YEARGAN FAMILY. 



his large family and numerous friends to trust in 
God. He was 78 years, 11 months, and 6 days old. 

Andrew Yeargan, son of the Rev. Andrew, the 
original, settled in South Carolina, raised two chil- 
dren, and died in that State. Their identity is lost. 

Rev. John Yeargan, one of the ten sons of the 
original Andrew, was born and raised in North 
Carolina, was a soldier in the war for Independ- 
ence, was in two noted battles, Cowpens and King's 
Mountain. He was a Methodist preacher, lived 
many years, and died and was buried in Newbury 
County, S. C, at the old Hopewell Church and 
school of that name. He raised two sons. John 
and Wiley. John settled in South Carolina, mar- 
ried, and raised no children, was a Methodist and 
a farmer, and lived to be sixty-seven years of age, 
and was buried in Laurens County. S. C. 

Wilev, the brother of John, and son of the Rev. 
John, and grandson of the Rev. Andrew, married 
Miss Nancy Morgan. He was born in 1798, and 
died in November, 1864. Wiley and wife settled 
in Cherokee County, Ala., and raised eight sons, 
one of whom died in infancy. Three died from 
sickness, and one from a wound in the late war. 
All four were soldiers, and died in the Confeder- 
ate army. The names of their children are: 

John. Albert. Perry. 

These are in California. 

Henrv, Bartlett. 
Milton. William. 
These four were lost in the Confederate service. 



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John Yeargan, son of Wiley, is also a Methodist 
minister. He is a great-grandson of the original 
Andrew, and is now living in Fresno, Cal. He is 
sixty years of age — was born April 25, 1830. His 
first wife was Eleanor Miller. She raised nine 
children. Five of them are dead, four living — viz. : 

Lizzie McWhorton, Robert Lee, 

Sallie Atkinson, Nellie. 

The last named is a graduate, and in her seven- 
teenth year. His first wife died June 3, 1884. His 
second wife was Mrs. Ruth Lee. She only lived 
about fourteen months after her marriage. His two 
oldest daughters married Methodist ministers. 

Samuel, son of the original Rev. Andrew, settled 
and married in Newbury County, S. C. ; removed 
to Franklin County, Ga. Nothing of him or his 
descendants are known in the Yeargan family, 
except his daughter Sallie, who married Thomas 
Alston, of North Carolina. She had no heirs. 

Edward Yeargan, son of the original Andrew, 
married in Newbury County, S. C. ; raised a large 
family of children. Edward and his wife were 
killed by lightning. Have no clue as to the chil- 
dren. Their death occurred in Anderson County, 
S. C, where he had finally settled. 

James Yeargan, son of the original Rev. Andrew 
Yeargan, was a bachelor, and died at his brother 
Devereux's, in Greenville County, S. C, and was 
buried at the old burying ground in Greenville, 
where his father, the Rev. Andrew Yeargan, and 
wife were buried. Sarah Yeargan, the only 



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THE YEARGAN FAMILY. 



daughter of the Reverend Andrew Yeargan the or- 
iginal, married Mr. Burrell Hudson, and raised a 
large family of children. 

James Yeargain. 

My father and mother were from Botetourt, 
Va. My father's name was James Yeargain, and 
my mother's maiden name was Nancy Steele. 
They married in Virginia, and emigrated to Wil- 
son County, Tenn., in 1830. This union resulted 
in a family of four children — namely: 

Mary S., born December, 1828. 

George W., born January, 1830. 

John W., born February 25, 183 1. 

C. Elizabeth, born February, 1836. 

After my mother's death, my father married 
again and raised several children, of which I know 
nothing, as I left home to live in Alabama with my 
uncle, George M. Steele. After living with him 
in Huntsville about fifteen years, I went to Canton, 
Miss., where I remained until the war. I then 
went into the army one year, as lieutenant in the 
Madison Rifles, Tenth Mississippi Regiment, and 
then to Virginia with light artillery and remained 
in the army of Northern and Western Virginia 
until the close of the war. I was present at Gen. 
Lee's surrender at Appomattox C. H., since which 
time I have not heard of my father, or any one of 
his last wife's children. December 10, 1868, I 
married a Miss Kate Coulter, of Mississippi, and 
have raised six children, all of them now living 



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with me in New Orleans. Their names and ages 
are as follows: 

Henry Coulter, born September 25, 1869. 

Angelo Steele, born January 2, 1872. 

Solomon Coulter, born January 28, 1874. 

Eliza, born October 26, 1875. 

Lena, born March 4, 1877. 

As given under my hand, 

John W. Yeargain. 

333 Magazine Street, New Orleans, La. 

Now, in conclusion, we find that the identity of 
some of the grandchildren of the Rev. Andrew 
Yeargan's family cannot, in a few instances, be 
fully recognized, one of whom was John Yeargan, 
born about 1769. In early manhood he came from 
Eastern Virginia, and settled in Charlottesville, Va. 
He soon became a noted leader of society of that 
day, which was very gay. He was particularly 
distinguished for his attention to dress and love of 
dancing. He had a variety of suits, and generally 
appeared in silk stockings, buckskin knee pants, 
and silver buckles on his shoes, as was the fashion 
of that day, and wherever a dance or a ball was 
gotten up, Johnnie Yeargan was indispensable and 
a leading spirit; was often for this purpose sent 
for from a distance, and always carried his musi- 

Note. — The authors of these memoirs are satisfied that this 
family and that the name Yeargan, Yearg/n, Yeargc?m are one 
and the same family, and all are descendants of the Rev. Andrew 
Yeargan and wife, Ony Bowles, as before mentioned. 

H. H. L. Yeargan, M.D. 

Murfreesboro, Tenn. 



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THE YEARGAN FAMILY. 



cians with him. On one of these occasions, the 
celebrated Thomas Jefferson played the riddle with 
his orchestra. Mr. Jefferson is known to fame as 
the author of an historic paper, called the " k Declara- 
tion of Independence " and for many subsequent 
achievements of statesmanship, but was morbidly 
anxious to be considered a musician and violinist; 
and when Monticello. his country residence, 
burned down, he saved his riddle at great exertions, 
and was very proud of it. Yeargan was at that time 
engaged in business, groceries and sadlery, the lat- 
ter a leading business then, horseback riding being 
the general mode for travel. This section of Vir- 
ginia was always noted for the beautv of its women. 
Johnnie Yeargan was engaged to one of these fair 
daughters. One day the village gossips saw these 
lovers meet and exchange a few words of conversa- 
tion. Nothing was ever known of its purport, and 
as both parties lived for more than fifty Years in the 
same neighborhood, and finally died and were buried 
in the same graveyard, this reticence was most 
remarkable. Immediatelv after the conversation 
alluded to, Johnnie Yeargan sold out his store 
and retired to a private dwelling, and became a 
self-immolated city hermit. He then closed his doors 
and windows and stretched a chain across the in- 
side of his front door, which was seldom drawn 
aside only on business emergencies, and then con- 
fined himself mostly to the purchase and sale of 
domestic liquors, wines, and cordials, which were 
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THE YEARGAN FAMILY. 



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to him by the farmers and mountaineers, and rolled 
into his cellar, marked and dated when received, 
as he never sold them under seven years of 
age from time of making. This soon gave him a 
reputation for a great distance, and his house 
became a resort for the purchase of fine unadul- 
terated liquors. To get these purchases, the ap- 
plicant would rap at the window, present his vessels 
and the money, which was always received either 
in gold or silver. Johnnie Yeargan would fill the 
vessel, return it to the owner at the window, and re- 
mark that the purchaser had his purchase and that 
he had the money. On some occasions he would 
present the purchaser with some fine drink of wine 
or cordial. In this business he accumulated a large 
amount of gold and silver, and kept up this secluded 
life for over fifty years, though his opinion was oc- 
casionally sought by his fellow-citizens in times of 
great political excitement, as was the case in the 
second canvass of Gen. Andrew Jackson. He 
gave a decided opinion in favor of Gen. Jackson, 
and asserted that he was the greatest President the 
country had had since Washington. 

In February, 1839, ^ e nac ^ not t> een seen about 
his premises for several davs. Some one forced 
an entrance into his house, and found the body 
prone on his face, having been dead over two days. 
A number of good books were found with which 
he solaced his retirement. Jars of silver and gold 
were found in the room and buried in the cellar, 
and parties were digging for weeks afterward hunt- 



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ing his treasures. The county appointed an ad- 
ministrator, one William Lee. The schedule of 
his estate is spread on the books of the County 
Court Clerk. No record is made as to who re- 
ceived, or as to what disposition was made of as 
much of the estate as was administered on. John- 
nie Yeargan's memory is one of the legends and 
traditions of Charlottesville, Va. The popular 
tradition is that many jars of his gold and silver 
were dug up and appropriated bv unknown parties. 
J^jiien sabef 

Characteristics of the Yeargax Family. 

Methodistic. bv large majority. 
Prolihcness, large families. 

Migratoriness. being found in fifteen different 
States. 

Longevity, several deaths over ninety. 

Gregariousness, brothers marrying in the same 
family and living in groups. 

An exquisite sensitiveness, modesty, and pride. 
All they have to ask of Alexander, being: "To 
get out of their sunshine" Impatient to impracti- 
cability. Leoxidas Hilary Yeargax, 

Xo. 60 John Street, N. Y.; 

Hilary H. L. Yeargax, M.D.. 

Murfreesboro, Tenn. 



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